A WORLD OF WINE

by CloudWines

I don’t often get the chance to taste a considerable series of wines from what are two of the smallest and rarest appellations in France. But this happened recently in Paris, and the conditions were perfect since I was the only taster n the room by the time I arrived from a far more mundane tasting of the future wine fair offerings of one of France’s supermarket chains. The venue was the showroom of the very chic and expensive cooking stove produced by Cornue, in the equally chic and expensive 7th arrondissement of Paris.

 

 

 

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Wine 1: Seghesio, Zinfandel Sonoma County, 2013 (California)

 

 

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Our selection process

One of the star estates of the Sonoma region of California that we have been tasting regularly over the past ten years.

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Wine 1: Cahors, Métairie Grande du Théron, Parcelle des Origines A 822, 2012

 

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Our selection process

A wine that we discovered at a very extensive tasting of around 60 wines from Cahors, in situ and following the rules of the game (blind tasting) in February 2015. Re-tasted on a couple of occasions since, and always with the same emotion.

 

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Wine 1: Bordeaux Supérieur, Petit Soleil, 2014

 

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Our selection process

Château Le Pin Beausoleil is one of the very best producers in the vast mass of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines, which together form the biggest French wine appellation. It has been unfailingly regular through recent vintages and definitely boxes in a higher category. This is its second wine which was a discovery for us. We fell in love with its rich fruitiness and lovely soft texture.

 

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Wine 1: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Mont-Olivet, 2007

 

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Our selection process:

This may not be the flashiest or most media-savvy estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but it is one of our favourites for its authentic nature and the simplicity of its contact. And, above all, for the constant and remarkable quality of its wines which have depth and finesse and are never overpowering. For two years running we have tested their range of wines both on site and in our tasting room and have never been disappointed. And they last the test of time too.

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Wine 1: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru classé, Château Laroze, 2011

 

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Our selection process:

We have noticed the progress in the quality of this château’s wines for several years now, but the vintages of 2010 and 2011, tasted recently in the context of group tastings of about 60 wines from this appellation were particularly impressive. They stand out for their absence of the over-extraction that one finds too often in this right bank section of Bordeaux. They are fine-grained with exceptionally clear fruit flavours and plenty of freshness on the palate. We are really keen on this wine, even more so as it is just as reasonable in price as it is stylish.

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Wine 1: Lirac, Domaine du Coudoulis 2012

 

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Our selection process:

We have followed the wines of this estate for several years now and we feel that they have now reached a higher level in terms of quality, with clear-cut fruit flavours and excellent balance. We particularly enjoyed this, the most basic of their Lirac cuvées for its superb fruit quality, gentle extraction and absence of any of the over-alcoholic « in-your-face » approach that many wines of this region adopt nowadays.

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Chardonnay grapes

 

This grape variety originated, in all probability in Burgundy where it was mentioned in the late 17th century. There is a village in the Macon region that bears its name, but this does not necessarily imply that it was born just there. As for many varieties that have been around for a while and have travelled well, it has many synonyms, especially in eastern France. A list of them would be fastidious especially as few are still in use, but I will make an exception for Morillon which is the name given to Chardonnay by many producers in Austria.

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